Australia Criticised By Craig Foster After Finishing Bottom of Group C

Australia have come under criticism from Craig Foster, after they bowed out of the 2018 FIFA World Cup after a  2-0 loss to already-eliminated Peru to finish bottom of Group C.

The Socceroos walk away with only a solitary point as the only two goals scored in their three game campaign, came from the penalty spot.

Peru went ahead early in the Tuesday night’s match, with their first goal of the tournament in the 18th-minute through Carillo who volleyed the ball past Mat Ryan, giving him no chance.

Australia threatened briefly to make a comeback but lacked skill in the final third. Tom Rogic almost levelled the score, but his weaving run and shot was saved by Pedro Gallese.

Australia also lacked ruthlessness and by the 50th minute found themselves 2-0 down.

Following the match, SBS football commentator and former Socceroo Craig Foster slammed the result and said: “there is no question that we could have done more.”

“We haven’t learned from the last four years and we’ve come here and… according to the style of play the guys executed it extremely well, but Australia is capable of more,” he said.

“I would’ve much preferred if France won so that we could feel more pain now, otherwise it’s just another moment where everyone feels we almost got there, we walk away, we dust ourselves, learn very little, if anything, and then move onto the next campaign.

“We threw out an entire plan of four years and went with a completely different strategy and, in the end, we should be looking at it and saying, ‘when we went at these teams we showed what we could do, but we didn’t do it enough’.”

Interim coach Bert van Marwijk came under heavy criticism too for or his role in the disappointing and for abandoning the more adventurous approach employed by Ange Postecoglou.